Door-to-door healthcare help

By Anna Carrera

Published 10/18 2013 05:49PM

Updated 10/21 2013 11:39AM

URBANA -- A University of Illinois group is Taking Action to inform more people about the Affordable Care Act. It's part of the university's iHelp program. Many are going door-to-door to teach people about the new healthcare marketplace.

There are thousands of people around Champaign-Urbana who are under-insured or don't have insurance at all. Those are the ones these volunteers are trying to reach. They started Friday afternoon and went out in groups to different neighborhoods. Their plan is to show people where to find answers to their healthcare questions. That way, people can make better decisions for themselves and their families.

"There's a lot of curiosity," said Campaign For Better Health Care technology director Bob Porter. "People want to know, how do I get on this? How do I see what plans I have available? What can I do to make that process happen? And that's part of what we're doing today."

The groups plan to stop at thousands of homes Friday. If no one's home, they're leaving pamphlets with information about how you can find out more about healthcare options before the deadline.

Leaders with Campaign For Better Health Care and Enroll America also plan to have special walk-in hours this weekend. You can go to their Champaign office (at 44 E. Main Street, Suite 414) or stop at the Urbana Free Library from 10 am - 12 pm Saturday.

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